Former Ohio Rep. Donald Lukens was convicted yesterday of...

National Digest

March 16, 1996

AUGUSTA, GA. — Former Ohio Rep. Donald Lukens was convicted yesterday of taking $15,000 in bribes from the operators of a trade school while he was a congressman.

The U.S. District Court jury deliberated for just one hour before reaching the verdict. Sentencing was scheduled June 10.

Lukens said he had no comment. His lawyer, Harvey Volzer, promised to appeal. Lukens was being retried on one count each of bribery and conspiracy after a previous jury acquitted him of three bribery counts but deadlocked on the others. A Republican, he represented Ohio in Congress for almost four terms, ending in 1990.

Primaries' spending limit is $37 million each

President Clinton and the Republican presidential nominee are limited to $37 million in spending during the primary campaign season, the Federal Election Commission said yesterday.

The figure provides, for the first time, the exact limit for the campaigns of Mr. Clinton and the Republican nominee, likely to be Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole.

Mr. Dole's campaign did not immediately respond to questions about its spending, but according to FEC reports, it had spent $21.6 million through Jan. 31. About $6 million worth of write-offs have been claimed, making its true spending closer to $30 million.

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- A 73-year-old former Army master sergeant who was thought to have died in Vietnam apologized to his family for his 26-year absence but offered no details on his disappearance.

"I disappeared, I guess. I'm sorry I did. It wasn't nice to do, and I hope it will be all right again," Mateo Sabog said in a transcript the Army released yesterday.

Mr. Sabog was reunited with three of his brothers at a military hospital near Augusta, where he is undergoing tests. He disappeared in 1970 while traveling from Vietnam to Fort Bragg, N.C. He was initially declared a deserter but was declared dead in 1979 after the FBI couldn't find him. For the past 10 years, he had been living under the name Bobby Fernandez near Chattanooga, Tenn.

Youth held in disappearance of girl, 14; man hunted


POTTER VALLEY, Calif. A 13-year-old boy was being held yesterday in the disappearance of a 14-year-old girl who authorities fear was drugged, raped and kidnapped. A 28-year-old man was still being sought.

Raina Shirley has been missing since Wednesday afternoon, when the alleged assault occurred. Her clothing and backpack were found on the outskirts of Potter Valley, 150 miles north of San Francisco.

The teen-ager and her 13-year-old girlfriend accepted a ride Wednesday afternoon with the two suspects, whom they knew, the Mendocino County Sheriff's Department said. The missing girl's friend was found dazed, stumbling down a street. She told authorities she had been drugged, raped and then released.

Lawyer Bailey seeks to keep right to practice in Florida

TALLAHASSEE, Fla -- An attorney for F. Lee Bailey said yesterday the prominent lawyer should not lose the right to practice law in Florida because this could impair his ability to pay back money prosecutors say he owes the federal government.

Mr. Bailey is serving a six-month prison sentence for contempt of court. He was jailed March 6 for failing to turn over $3 million in assets obtained from Claude Duboc, a French client who pleaded guilty to drug charges in Florida in 1994.

The Florida Bar Association earlier this week filed a motion seeking an emergency suspension of Mr. Bailey's license, citing testimony that he did not turn over the stock to the government as agreed.

Okla. blast victim buried with wrong leg is exhumed

NEW ORLEANS -- Forensic experts exhumed the body yesterday of a 21-year-old woman killed in the Oklahoma City bombing who was buried with the wrong leg.

FBI spokesman John Rooks said the leg was removed for testing and the correct leg, identified last month, was placed in the casket of Lakesha Levy, an Air Force member who died in the blast April 19.

Ms. Levy's leg, wearing a military boot, was found May 30 in the rubble of the Alfred P. Murrah federal building in Oklahoma City where 169 people were killed. Defense attorneys for bombing suspects Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols have said the leg originally buried with Ms. Levy may belong to the person they call "the real bomber."

Man pleads guilty to helping his wife commit suicide

NEW YORK -- A man whose wife had multiple sclerosis pleaded guilty yesterday to a reduced charge that he helped her commit suicide with a lethal mixture of honey and an anti-depressant.

George Delury, 62, had been charged with manslaughter and faced from five to 15 years in prison if convicted of breaking New York's law against assisted suicide.

He pleaded guilty to attempted manslaughter and is expected to serve just four months of a possible six-month sentence. Delury contended he was acquiescing to his wife's wishes, but prosecutors said he had kept a diary indicating he was tired of caring for his sick wife and eager for her death.

Pub Date: 3/16/96

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